Citizen Action Monitor

U.S. local and national organizations join forces in Washington to launch anti-fracking movement

Rallies to follow in Albany, Philadelphia and other states and regions affected by fracking

No 540 Posted by fw, August 4, 2012

I will be watching with considerable interest to see just how effective well-trained participants of a coalition of organizations engaged in a coordinated, multifaceted nationwide campaign movement will be in fracturing the fracking industry juggernaut. Judging from the article that follows, the planning so far is impressive, the demands clear and concise. Bravo!

As a steadfast advocate for exactly this kind of multidimensional campaign strategy, if it fails to dent the armor of Big Oil and Gas over the next couple of years, then what? Perhaps CELDF’s legal strategy will be our next best hope.

Turning to the story of the Washington rally —

5,000 People Unite in DC to Protest Fracking  by Stephanie Penn Spear, Huffington Post, July 30, 2012

More than 5,000 people from all over the nation, and various parts of the world, including Australia, united on July 28 on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol demanding Congress take immediate action to stop fracking. After the rally that began at 2 p.m., rally participants marched for more than one hour, stopping at the headquarters of the America’s Natural Gas Alliance and American Petroleum Institute.

People impacted by fracking in their communities joined forces with 136 local and national organizations to call on Congress to Stop the Frack Attack and protect Americans from the dangerous impacts of fracking.

Big names on hand for kick-off event

Rally speakers included, Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org; Josh Fox, producer of Gasland; Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas; Allison Chin, board president of the Sierra Club, and community members from swing states affected by fracking.

McKibben: “Fracking is the worst possible idea”

“As the increasingly bizarre weather across the planet and melting ice on Greenland makes clear, at this point we’ve got no choice but to keep fossil fuels underground. Fracking to find more is the worst possible idea,” said McKibben.

Fox: “We know we can run the world on renewable energy”

“The amazing thing about this problem is that there’s a solution… We know that we can run the world on renewable energy. We know that we can run the world on the wind. And this weekend, we have a reminder that we can run the world on the sun,” said Fox.

Coalition determined to make fracking a key part of the 2012 election

This weekend’s rally was part of the first national event to stop the frack attack. The rally is the culmination of three days of training to further escalate the movement to stop abuse by the fossil fuel industry. Large groups from swing states including Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania and North Carolina attended the training and rally to make sure that fracking is a key part of the upcoming election.

State legislatures colluding with Big Oil and Gas to get hands on dirty campaign dollars

“Just weeks ago in North Carolina, our legislature ripped up decades of groundwater protections for rural drinking water, in order to allow fracking and invite in dirty industry campaign dollars. So we add our voices to the national movement calling on Congress to protect our homes, our drinking water and our health by repealing the 2005 oil and gas exemptions,” said Hope Taylor, a farmer near Durham and executive director of Clean Water for NC.

Rally participants have three key demands:

  1. an end to dirty and dangerous fracking;
  2. closure of the seven legal loopholes that let frackers in the oil and gas industry ignore the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act; and
  3. full enforcement of existing laws to protect families and communities from the effects of fracking.

Tillman: “We are tired of being run over by the out-of-control oil and gas industry.”

“It is time for us to come together as a people and let the law makers that work for us know that we are tired of being run over by the out-of-control oil and gas industry,” said Tillman.

Rally march targets major oils and gas trade associations

While at the headquarters of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, rally organizers delivered six jugs of contaminated water in hazmat suits and then headed to the American Petroleum Institute where a 20-foot-high mock oil rig was smashed to the ground.

More events to follow

This event was a launching point for the movement, and will be followed by events in Albany, NY on Aug. 25, Philadelphia on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, and subsequent events in other states and regions affected by fracking.

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